1.         City of Graz – Historic Centre and Schloss Eggenberg (Austria) (C 931bis)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1999

Criteria  (ii)(iv)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/931/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/931/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/931/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2004

In April 2003 the Centre was informed about a construction project of the Thalia Centre in the Historic Centre of Graz. In October 2003 the Centre’s attention was drawn to the demolition of the ‘Kommod-Haus’, a protected building from 1839 in the Historic Centre of Graz.  By letter of 14 October 2003 the State Party of Austria was requested to comment on the issues raised; however, no information had been received at the time of the preparation of this document.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM

N/A

Decision Adopted: 28 COM 15B.82

The World Heritage Committee [33],

1. Recalling paragraph 56 of the Operational Guidelines (2002)

2. Deplores the destruction of the ‘Kommod-Haus’ as a loss for the historic fabric of the property and its harmonious integration of architectural styles from successive periods;

3. Regrets that the Austrian authorities did not provide information on any of the issues raised in the letter by the World Heritage Centre, dated 14 October 2003;

4. Requests the State Party to work closely with the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS on the review of the state of conservation of the World Heritage property with special focus on the current construction plans and the protection of listed buildings;

5. Also requests the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies undertake a mission to the property and to report to the World Heritage Committee at its 29th session in 2005;

6. Further requests the State Party to submit a report on the state of conservation by 1 February 2005 to the World Heritage Centre in order that the World Heritage Committee can examine the state of conservation of the property at its 29th session in 2005.